Welcome to Hartshill Academy
We look forward to welcoming your children to Hartshill Academy in September.
Year 6 Transition Days will be held at Hartshill Academy on Wednesday 6th - Friday 8th July 2022. There will be a Parent Information Evening on Wednesday 6th July 2022 5-6pm in the Main Hall.
We are so pleased you have chosen to join us in September 2022 and wanted to provide you with information about the school to help you to look forward and get ready for joining Year 7. Starting a new school can bring with it a few anxieties and we hope by giving you information and a point of contact you will feel ready to make this move.
On this section of our website we will provide you with information to enable this to be a smooth transition from Year 6 to Year 7.
To help this process we will be displaying a series of postcards on our website over the summer. We are inviting the children to complete the tasks on each postcard and bring their work to Hartshill Academy in September to enter the transition competition.
All our new Year 7 pupils will be in a tutor group with other Year 7 pupils. We are in regular contact with all the primary schools and in particular the Year 6 teachers who are providing us with information to help ensure every pupil has a successful start at Hartshill Academy. They will let us know what friendship groups work well together so pupils do not need to worry about not knowing anyone on their first day.
In early June we will email you a MAT Transition Form. On this form you will find a number of questions to answer and information that we would like you to read. The form is completed electronically and replies will automatically be sent back to us at Hartshill Academy once you click submit. You will find details of term dates, uniform requirements, free school meals and lots of other key information.
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to contact us, so we have set up a dedicated email address for any queries you or your child may have regarding transition. This is: Hazel.Freeman@midlandat.co.uk
Please keep checking this section of the website as we will add information regularly and hope to keep you updated throughout the rest of the term.
Year 7 Pastoral Support Team for September 2022:
Miss Chelsea Wallbank (Head of Year 7) Mrs Samantha Behan
The Midland Academies Trust has a proactive approach to supporting all students through key transition stages. The term ‘transition’ refers to the changes children and young people go through as they progress between different educational settings and move to employment or training. Transition brings changes and often these can cause some anxiety for both parents and their children. Our approach focusses on three main transition points:
• Key Stage 2 - 3 Primary to secondary school
• Key Stage 3 - 4 Career Planning and subject choices at GCSE
• Key Stage 4 - 5 The move from school to College, 6th Form, Apprenticeship or Employment.
Moving from one school setting to another can be stressful and at the same time exciting. Our approach is designed to pre-empt possible issues and work to enable all our pupils to have a successful transition to Hartshill Academy
Key Stage 2 - 3 Primary to Secondary School
We work closely with our Primary Partner Schools to offer a variety of experiences to Key Stage 2 children. For some children in Year 4 and 5 the opportunity to visit their local secondary school can begin the bridging process. ‘Hands on’ activities and lessons involving children from Primary Schools working collaboratively with older pupils develops relationships and new skills. Our established programme runs throughout the year and is often focused around Design Technology, Food and Nutrition, Art and Design, Science and Physical Education.
Our programme is varied and provides ‘hands on activities’ easing pupils into a new environment through activities that stimulate and develop their learning.
For children joining the Hartshill Academy we are offering ‘Advance to Go’, an opportunity to come to school and experience new lessons and a new environment in the July of Year 6. This transition has been very successful at supporting pupils as they move from primary to secondary school and reducing the anxieties they have about joining a new school. New routines, new teachers, new classrooms and a new timetable are all explored in a friendly and supportive week as well as the advantage of making new friends before the start of the Autumn term.
Key Stage 3 - 4 Career Planning and Subject Choices at GCSE
In Year 9 pupils begin to select their GCSE subjects and are supported through individual and group sessions by experienced members of staff and qualified Careers Advisors. We believe in providing high quality information and encourage discussion around choices that are supported by local labour market information to enable pupils to feel confident in their choices.
Our planned programme of Careers Education is designed to enable pupils to explore the world of work and also future work as they consider a wide range of opportunities and employment. We encourage and invite into school for assemblies and events a wide range of local employers, FE colleges, sixth forms and apprenticeship providers to support decision making and give our pupils meaningful opportunities to ask questions and find out information.
Key Stage 4 - 5 The move from school to FE College, 6th Form, apprenticeship/employment or work
Leaving school for some pupils presents a wide range of new opportunities and for others may present some challenges. We aim to make all our pupils aware of all local opportunities as well as those available nationally. All our pupils receive one to one guidance interviews during Year 10 and 11 to help plan for a successful future and access career opportunities. We provide direct access to a range of Post 16 providers through events like ‘Your Future MATters’ designed to engage all our students with employers and providers supporting them to make informed decisions about their future.
All Midland Academies Trust Academies are committed to ensuring at all stages of their schooling the pupils in their care are supported and able to access all the opportunities available to them so they can fulfil their potential and have successful futures.
Feedback from Parents:
“Really happy with what we have seen.”
“It offers a wide variety of opportunities”
“Positive, very helpful staff and students”
“Welcoming, positive pupils have a pride in their school.”
“Very informative transition evening. The children were a great advert for the school!”
“Hope to see the transition week continued. Our daughter has thoroughly enjoyed it.
“An excellent week and evening. The only problem is our son does not now want to go back to his primary school and wants to start here now”.